Interesting Finds on Google Maps — January 2017

By | January 31, 2017

If you can add any more information about any of these places, please do so in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Bombardier Transportation (Thunder Bay, ON)

Location: 48°21’33.4”N 89°18’03.1”W (48.359265, -89.300851)

Bombardier Transportation
1001 Montreal St, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4V6, Canada, (807) 475-2810
http://www.bombardier.com/

This yard has some incredibly tight radius curves, lots of switches, and lots of crossovers. Thunder Bay, Ontario has a lot of rail yard and industry modeling possibilities.

Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation

A Modeler’s Workbench — Passenger Cars Under Construction (Thunder Bay, ON)

Location: 48°24’13.5”N 89°13’20.4”W (48.403750, -89.222333)

192 110th Ave, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

This field of incomplete passenger cars looks like something you would find on a modeler’s workbench.

A Modeler’s Workbench — Passenger Cars Under Construction.

A Modeler’s Workbench — Passenger Cars Under Construction.

GATX Rail Road Yard (Colton, CA)

Location: 34°03’50.0”N 117°21’06.5”W (34.063889, -117.351806)

GATX Rail Road
20878 Slover Ave, Colton, CA 92324, (909) 825-3043
http://www.gatx.com/

I thought this yard was interesting because it has so many leads packed into such a small space. The yard lead (bottom center of image) looks only long enough for a locomotive and maybe two or three cars at a time.

GATX Rail Road, Colton, CA. Note the short yard lead.

GATX Rail Road, Colton, CA. Note the short yard lead.

Collapsed Railroad Bridge and Tunnel at United States/México Border

Location: 32°35’10.7”N 116°32’07.6”W (32.586306, -116.535444)

I’m not certain the bridge is collapsed, but it looks that way on Google Maps. The tunnel connects the Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) in the United States to the Baja California Railroad (BJRR) in México; you can see the BJRR in the upper left of the image. The tracks were formerly owned by the Carrizo Gorge Railway (CZRY).

Collapsed Railroad Bridge and Tunnel at Mexico/United States Border — 32°35’10.7”N 116°32’07.6”W (32.586306, -116.535444)

Collapsed Railroad Bridge and Tunnel at Mexico/United States Border

American Railcar Industries (Paragould, AR)

Location: 36°01’31.6”N 90°29’50.2”W (36.025436, -90.497278)

American Railcar Industries
901 Jones Rd, Paragould, AR 72450
http://www.americanrailcar.com/

I thought the radii on the curves in their yard looked exceptionally tight. On model railroads curves always have a smaller radius than on the prototype.

American Railcar Industries, 901 Jones Rd, Paragould, AR 72450. Note the tight radius curves.

American Railcar Industries, 901 Jones Rd, Paragould, AR 72450. Note the tight radius curves.

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